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Arsenal replacing Gabriel with Mustafi was a huge Wenger blunder

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Arsenal replacing Gabriel with Mustafi was a huge Wenger blunder

Arsenal will listen to offers for Shkodran Mustafi in the summer.

As reported by The Telegraph, Unai Emery will attempt to cash in on the Germany international in order to raise some additional funds to sign new players.

Apparently Arsenal’s summer budget will only be £45 million (The Sun).

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The news is sure to be music to the majority of Gunners supporters’ ears, with Mustafi having become known for being error-prone during his time at the Emirates Stadium.

The £35 million signing from Valencia was awful in Arsenal’s most recent match against Manchester City on Sunday.

Many Arsenal supporters will not thank former manager Arsene Wenger for signing Mustafi, and they’ll be even more upset at the fact that Gabriel Paulista is currently thriving in Spain.

 

Wenger blunder laid bare

Emery has been unable to improve Mustafi, but the Spaniard is blameless.

Wenger’s faith in Mustafi to come in and do a job was misplaced – he already had a fine defender in Gabriel at his disposal.

The warrior Brazilian, sold in 2017 to Valencia, was never in the ‘top class’ bracket but he made nowhere near as many errors.

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He was just solid, and now he is flourishing with Mustafi’s old club as a result of playing every game.

According to WhoScored, Gabriel has made more interceptions than Mustafi (2.3 to 1.8 per 90), more blocks (0.8 to 0.5) and has made less fouls (0.9 to 1.3).

Gabriel was never the elegant, ball-playing centre-half, most of the top teams tend to sign these days. But he wasn’t rash and could be depended on. The fans now have to deal with their former player flourishing as the club attempt to banish another of Wenger’s ghosts.

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